Remote isn't just in-person online
In design, skeuomorphism is when something retains the form of its predecessor even though the function isn't there. Think pretend rotary dial on a digital phone, or ornamental buttresses.
The first phase of any new tech tends to do this. We slap the old awkwardly onto the new. It's often a worse experience than the old forms and a diminished version of what's possible with the new. PDFs are a clunky transition between paper and paperless, and most people would rather have either physical paper or a fully digital interface than a scanned PDF.
We're early in the remote-work world. So far, we've mostly seen attempts to cram old forms - events, coffee meetings, etc. - into webcams and chats. It works reasonably, but something is missing.
What might truly remote-first, digitally-native experiences and communities look like?
A new role emerging?
Scott Brinker just shared a job posting for a Platform Ecosystem Advocate role at HubSpot.
The description sounds a lot like something that was predicted as part of the Trifurcated Channel.
Check out the description:
Expect to see a lot more of this type of role popping up.
It's not enough to simply have a partner program. You've gotta give it some real love!
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